Monday, July 23rd 2007

MIT Team Simplifies Programming

The group of people who were previously responsible for creating the popular LEGO Mindstorms series of programmable capable robotics kits are responsible for creating Scratch a program which makes it easier for young kids above eight years old to learn programming. Scratch is available as a free 35 MB download, and so far runs on both Windows and Mac OS X. Programming commands are very simple and are separated into categories such as Motion and Sensing and the commands can be dragged and dropped into the scripts panel.

Scratch saves its finished files in its own .SB format, but users can also upload their finished products to the Scratch home page by clicking a specific button. Other users can then download and comment on these projects. There is also an option to save the finished project without uploading it to the Scratch web site, which involves downloading a Java applet from the Scratch web site.

Source: Scratch
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6 Comments on MIT Team Simplifies Programming

#1
a111087
its 8+ that means its for me :D
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#2
Atech
Ahh but ...

Is it as powerful as C++? :rolleyes:
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#3
a111087
no, it's something like Flash/Java for online apps
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Atech
by: a111087
no, it's something like Flash/Java for online apps
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:wtf:
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#5
lemonadesoda
Stop kicking it! I think it's great news to make a programming language available to youngsters. VB Express is way too tough even for most adults (non-professional programmers), so something accessible to kids shouldnt be knocked so quick.

I like the visualisation of loops in the code. Neat
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#6
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Way to go MIT. One language to rule them all. LOTR FTW!!!!
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